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Green Building and Clean Energy Retraining Partnerships:

North Bay Employment Connection (NBEC)


Type of organization: Local Workforce Investment Boards.

Type of training: Green building career training for unemployed and under-employed construction workers, with an emphasis on solar energy, photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind energy and solar water heating.

Area served: Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

Location of training: Local community colleges and specialized training partners in Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

Estimated trainees: 300

Instruction details: Course work in "green careers" with these partners:

  • Build It Green
    - Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP), 2 day course.
  • 2008 California Title 24 Energy Efficiency Building Codes
    - Certificate of completion, 2 evenings.
  • California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA)
    - Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES), 2 weeks;
    - Building Professional Industry Certificate, Building Analyst, 2 weeks; - Home Energy Rating System Certificate (HERS 1), 1 week.
  • Green Plumbers USA
    - Solar Thermal Certificate, 1 week;
    - Certified Green Plumber, 2 weeks.
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local 551)
  • - Solar (PV) Installer Certification, 6 Saturdays.
  • Sonoma State University (SSU)
    - Sustainable Landscaper Certificate, 6 months;
    - Green Building Professional Certificate, 6 months;
    - Sustainable Development and Climate Change Professional Certificate, 6 months.

Result of classes: Training programs will link directly to occupations employers have identified as being most urgently needed and should result in placement of over 220 workers in green building careers. Participants should earn over 400 industry-identified certificates.

More about the organization: Green Regional Education and Employment in the Northbay (GREEN) program, along with local community colleges, employers, labor, and community and business development organizations.

Find more information here: TBA

Program Manager Contact:
Tracy Repp
(707) 565-8505

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